There will soon be vaccinations available on the Island, according to Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely. Although St Mary’s Hospital was not among the 50 hospital hubs announced on Wednesday, they are just one of three ways the vaccine will be delivered, the others being vaccination centres and GPs.
The MP issued a statement yesterday saying: “After Portsmouth Hospital, the Island, along with one or two other locations in the Hampshire/Isle of Wight area, is part of phase two. Portsmouth has been the priority because every region needs a single initial hub. The Isle of Wight and Hampshire are grouped together for public health in this instance. It is also true to say that Portsmouth is treating a number of Covid patients – and staff are therefore at potentially higher risk.
“How vaccines are then distributed on the Island is then a matter for planning experts. Full plans are being worked on. The current plan also includes a vaccination centre on the Island which will be confirmed shortly.”
The hospital hubs will adminster the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from next week.